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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[inspiration] Quotes of the day








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My favorite cooking oils are....





  1. Grapeseed oil
  2. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 
  3. Extra Virgin Olive oil 
  4. Ghee 







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What is your favorite 'unneccesary' Kitchen Appliance?


Over the past year or so I've been more interested in kitchen appliances than clothes. I go to T.J Maxx simply for the kitchen stuff now. I've managed to pick up some good and some 'unnecessary' gadgets/appliances

I currently have the following;

Appliances
Electric mixer - rarely used ; it was purchased to make hair/body products
Food processor - broke after 6mos -still need to fix - bought it brand new from craigslist
Toaster - used freqently - used mainly for reheating waffles
Kettle - used seldomly
Juicer - used regularly - for my juice fix
Blender - used daily - for purees, smoothies , etc

Gadgets

Melon baller
Mandoline - love this
Grater
Garlic press - love this
Egg slicer


New additions 
Hand blender - used almost daily - it's made by cooking life fun and easy
Pressure cooker - just got this, I cooked rice in it today and it only took 3mins- that's bleeding awesome if you ask me. I bought it mainly to cook dry beans

I got both items free via the citicard rewards program - I must say I'm impressed

What are your favorites gadgets/appliances?









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Monday, October 29, 2012

[Song of the week] Forgiveness - Matthew West

Song of the Week!

Forgiveness - Matthew West

I woke up angry on Sunday morning - For the most part I'm pretty happy go lucky , I rarely get angry - say once a year. When I do get angry I get really really ANGRY - I can go from 40F to 120F instantly - this is a trait I've always had ; it is my major flaw - I've controlled or managed it by simply walking away or just keeping mum when being stirred, simply because I know once I speak I can cut and do real damage - - long story short I only burst out once every 1 - 2yrs .

My cage was seriously rattled (infact it was broken) this weekend and I just couldn't control it - I lashed out and said some awful awful things -which I fully regret now - they were bad & hurtful .
Anyhow, on my way to church on Sunday morning , infact I didn't feel like going - I was angry and thought what's the point of going to church angry? . I did go anyway and on my way there Forgiveness by Matthew West came on the radio (Fish FM 104.7); I've always liked it but that morning it spoke to me- I paused and I asked God for forgiveness ; I came back home and called the friend I was mad at and apologize

Anger is never justified. Never!

                                                                      "Forgiveness"

It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve

It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just too real
It takes everything you have just to say the word…

Forgiveness
Forgiveness

It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible

Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness








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Goodbye jouthman, Hello josimply!


Hello Friends,

Happy Monday,

I recently changed my blog url from jouthman (Jo Uthman) to josimply (Jo Simply) - I actually wanted 'simplyjo' but that was taken :(. I apologize for not giving any notice - I sorta forgot that I have faithful followers  - I've never been too big on #of views so didn't think it would hurt to change it - but hey my stats shows I really ought to put the word back out there - long story short the new name change was done because I felt it reflected my randomness a bit more than my name - in as much as some think I'm a drama queen, I think I'm actually quite an easy going 'simple; no fuss chica :)

Some of you may already know that I maintain or try to maintain two blogs - my food blog Jojo's kitchen and this blog Josimply (formerly jouthman). It's taken me a year to whittle down my interest and I'm still fighting between the three - which are HAIR, FOOD & FITNESS - the food is the strongest, followed by hair and fitness - I do love all three equally.....oh and both have inspiration as well - I love my daily wisdom/quotes .

Till next time,

Peace!



Update - looks like changing url is a bad idea - ok back to jouthman :)



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

[inspiration] Bible verse of the day

sometimes you just have to encourage yourself - I do a great job encouraging others and when it's my turn for encouragement no one is available to me - so I'm glad when I do see bible verses that encourage me.

I have indeed come far in my faith - I've always used to base my happiness on people, things and even conditions - if things were going right then I'm happy and if wrong then I'm sad - but today I know that absolutely nothing can take my joy - because that comes from the lord. Today I was hurt again by a loved one ; I began to feel blue again - but then I remember that God is faithful and good - as long as I do what is right and keep doing it he'll take care of me - It is not my place to steer, it is His. I'm so confident and have full trust in him.

Today's word

The Lord will work out his plans for your life - for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me.

~ Psalm 138:8, NLT 






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Thursday, October 25, 2012

[inspiration] Quotes of the day!








Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Home workout - Skipping



Don't have time to go to the gym? Want to do so some intense cardio ? then SKIP! I kid you not you'll be sweating buckets. I added skipping to my exercise routine a couple months ago and truly can see the difference. On the days I can't get to the gym  or  run in the mornings I simply skip! skip! skip

Some benefits of skipping are:

  • improves stamina, co-ordination and flexibility
  • great fat/calorie burner
  • a great all body work-out
  • it's kinda fun
  • keeps your muscles intact 
Today I had planned to go the gym to do my usual work-out which consist of 15-20 mins treadmill (interval training), 30-40 mins strength training and 10-15 mins sauna time. 
For the strength workout - I alternate between lower, upper and abs . So far so good - I've also introduced squats and deadlifts into my routine- these are badazz :) - I love!

Anyhoo back to skipping - this was my home workout today 

200 skips
30 squats with kettlebells
5pushups
(repeat 5times)

I had planned to do some ab works afterwards but T won't let me :( - so that's postponed till tomorrow







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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[inspiration] Quotes of the day













Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

What makes you come alive?

What makes you come alive? How about if you know what makes you come alive but still do not what to do it - or rather too afraid to take the plunge - - ok this is just my random thoughts -but I'm in that phase again ; I currently studying for a course just because it's the next thing to do - you know the talk about means to an end - we can't all do what we love eh - but what if ? just what if we're able to let go of the ground we're standing on and just fly fly away - - that's exactly what I feel like doing right now - I need to fly fly away -
I read this quote y'day on my facebook feed.

''You don't need permission from anyone to pursue what you're passionate about. Keep following what matters to you.'' -CEO

What if you have something that's just weighing you down - times like this I wonder how Mandela was able to sacrifice 27years of his life in jail - - I think it means he focused on the goal and not the circumstance, he knew exactly what he was fighting for and never let go of the vision - ok ok I feel much better now - isn't it funny how talking/writing your thoughts out helps you thinks things through - ok my debbie downer moment is over - ok how did I get here - well today was Dance class with hubby and  he cancelled - now this is the 2nd time in a row - and I'm just livid because I was so looking forward to it - his excuse was that he's working -err but not working hard enough to pass dinner eh ---ARRGGGH!! i'm being such a baby here but I really wanted to go out tonite - PHEW!! ok so I'm ranting now and gone off topic - ah well - it's my blog - I can scream if I want too -- ok I need to go do some push-up or something - need to get outta of this mood

like the quote below says - 'Life is too short & unpredictable not to live it exactly as you please' - but wait who lives like that ? hmm maybe it simple means don't sweat the small stuff - ok ok I'm no sweating anymore - gosh not looking forward to another 3hrs of study tonite #yawn

Anyhoo, back to what makes me come alive? - plenty actually about from watching my son grow and being a wife -  I truly think I was put on earth to better and enhance and serve people - so hospitality/customer service business is right up my alley and so is coaching and wellness - -I'm a creator with an analytic mind - I believe that's why I'm able to thrive and switch easily between corporate and arts world








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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[inspiration] Quotes of the day






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Monday, October 22, 2012

[Inspiration] Quotes of the day






Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Headwraps --- I love!







Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

[Inspiration] Words of Wisdom






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[New hairstyle] Crotchet Marley braids


Crotchet braids with Marley braid hair

I got bored with my hair again - not sure if it's plain laziness - the hubby thinks it is - he doesn't understand why I won't just let my natural hair be instead of the protective styles - err pssh in my head - Natural hair is a ton of work! I absolutely love my hair but sometimes I just want to be free of hair thoughts - I want to get up and go without factoring hair styling into my getting ready time ; also after say five days of wearing my hair out, it no longer co-operates with me - this becomes an additional 15-20mins of my time to get it looking right  - err who  has time for that ? anyhoo I'm just ranting now - this is my latest hairstyle - Crotchet braids using Marley braid hair .
Marley braid hair is usually used for Afro kinky twists.It is the soft variant of the bulk type afro hair that is also used for kinky twists.
This is a quick cheap cheap hairstyle . It took me 2hrs to do (cornrow and crotchet) and I used 2 packs of  hair - $4.99 each  - that's under $10 - now that's a money/time saver

freshly done 

after 1 week - looking  even more natural now 




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Song of the week - High by Lighthouse Family


Every parent is uber proud of their kids and always feel the need to 'show off' whenever possible err how annoying? - well that's what I thought until I became a parent - my son T is just a delight,  I watch him play, talk, sleep and just marvel at how great God is - -I sometimes feel undeserving of such a wonderful gift . WOW!God picked me to birth this bundle of wonder - anyhooo I won't bore you with long list of his many wonders - but would share his favourite hobby aside from reading and learning on his Dad's IPAD - he loves singing . I guess I played a ton of music whilst he was still cooking -but this child picks up lyrics like nada - You know when parents of great singers are asked 'so when did your child start singing'? and they say from age 1 or 2 (in my head I've always thought get da heck outta here )- but look my 2yr is exactly the same - he's been singing for the longest time - I think clearly from around 15mths or so . We listen to Fish radio (104.7) everyday and he knows almost all the songs word for word now - - Anyhoo this post is becoming far too long :) - - he recently learnt this song and has been singing it none stop - anyhoo just thought to share

I absolute love how you says 'corever' instead of 'forever' - so cute.


HIGH
When you're close to tears remember
Someday it'll all be over
One day we're gonna get so high

Though it's darker than December
What's ahead is a different color
One day we're gonna get so high

And at the end of the day remember the days
When we were close to the end
And wonder how we made it through the night

The end of the day remember the way
We stayed so close till the end
We'll remember it was me and you

'Cause we are gonna be
(Forever, high forever)
Forever you and me
(Forever, you and me forever)
You will always keep it flying high
(Forever, high forever)
In the sky of love
(Forever, you and me forever)

Don't you think it's time you started
Doing what we always wanted
One day we're gonna get so high

'Cause even the impossible
Is easy when we got each other
One day we're gonna get so high

And at the end of the day remember the days
When we were close to the end
And wonder how we made it through the night

The end of the day remember the way
We stayed so close till the end
We'll remember it was me and you

'Cause we are gonna be
(Forever, high forever)
Forever you and me
(Forever, you and me forever)
You will always keep it flying high
(Forever, high forever)
In the sky of love
(Forever, you and me forever)

'Cause we are gonna be
(Forever, high forever)
Forever you and me
(Forever, you and me forever)
You will always keep it flying high
(Forever, high forever)
In the sky of love
(Forever, you and me forever)

High, high, high, high
High, high, high, high

And at the end of the day remember the days
When we were close to the end
And wonder how we made it through the night

The end of the day remember the way
We stayed so close till the end
We'll remember it was me and you

'Cause we are gonna be
(Forever, high forever)
Forever you and me
(Forever, you and me forever)
You will always keep it flying high
(Forever, high forever)
In the sky of love
(Forever, you and me forever)

Live simply, Live happily and Remember your life was God's idea. Own it! Live it! Work it!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[Inspiration] Do it Anyway - Mother Theresa

Read this poem a few months ago and loved it. So simple, yet so profound.








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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[inspiration] Quotes of the day

“For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. A lot of people never get past this phase; they quit. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.”
Ira Glass

“Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.”
Aaron Sorkin 
















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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Au naturale v non-naturale



I attended the TD Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed conference today at the Philips Arena, Atlanta. It was electrifying. This was my very 1st time of seeing Bishop TD Jakes preach live on a stage. I gotta say that man has presence. His wife Serita is equally charismatic. The speaker of the evening was Paula White - Oh my when she came on stage the 1st thing I noticed were are stilettos (HOT DANG!!) - I absolutely loved her message - she spoke to me in so many ways - God bless you Paula!

Anyhoo , back to the point of this post - today I rocked my natural hair - I haven't done so in a hot minute. I really should be keeping tabs on the growth - but I'm not - It looks healthy and that is what matters more to me. I have no intention of wearing it straight so length doesn't really bug moi.

so which is suits me better - weave/wig or natural ?





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Thursday, October 4, 2012

sorry been MIA .......hello new friends

Oh my! I have some new friends , fans, sisters . Welcome to Jo's haven guys!! Woohoo!!.
Sorry I've been MIA for a hot minute - I've only just returned from London, UK. I was there for 2weeks for my best friend's wedding. OMG! it was so beautiful ...I can't believe I cried like a big ole baby .
It was just pure joy to see my gal B so happy ; she's one lucky lass ; infact I take that back her beau S is one lucky lad - May God bless their union
 ...anyhoo now I'm back and I'm bad  :) . I've had plenty, plenty on my plate it's like when I finally, finally want to take off is when everything decides to fall outta of the sky (rain, chicken, pigs, hammer..you name it) - - It's all good though - I just need to prioritize my time better -Phew!! God is in control JoJo - You've got this.

I just saw this wisdom quote and thought to share.



x

Jo

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